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Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "Think again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great accounts to work one. Amazing coworkers, everyone felt like family. Great company culture. Amazing parties and company outings.

    Cons

    Horrible management! There is no growth structure and the management teams often have no idea what they're doing. Turnover is extremely high and layoffs (or fires) happen at least a few times a month. There also is no work/life balance. As an employee of Translation, expect to work 12 hours days and sometimes weekends with no reward or appreciation. Because the turnover rate is so high, many of the employees find themselves picking up work from other departments just to keep clients happy. The salary, however, doesn't match the amount of work given. Lastly, the agency is very cut throat. There were a lot of situations that happened where some people got rid of their fellow coworker in order to "get ahead".

    Advice to Management

    Spend time listening to your employees and cultivating relationships with them so that you can help them grow and in turn, help the agency grow. As a leader, you should be helping your team members and not stabbing them in the back in order to get ahead.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Favortism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    smart and fun collegues, for the most part.

    Cons

    Be prepared to slave away 24/7 and not on your workload, rather others. There is zero operations or culture here. Rather a condescending, manupilative, favorite that does not belong. Furthermore, every one is aware of this and 'tip toes' around to not get burned. It seems to be a trend of favoritsm throughout management as well.

    Advice to Management

    Fire every single one of them and start over.

  3. "sr art director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working hours, reasonable workload

    Cons

    not making a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    hire an ecd's


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    i really can't say. i suppose some of the people were really nice.

    Cons

    disorganized and unclear with a lot of arrogant, unprofessional management with few bright spots.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are talented and motivated. High energy and good camaraderie. Fast paced fluid environment. Contemporary culture. Moving to Dumbo. CEO has many hip hop celebrity connections and is successful at new business.

    Cons

    Negative environment due to undereducated egotistical narcissistic CEO. Very poor leadership. Employees have little guidance or processes to assist. Extremely high turnover. Most, except for a select few, are unhappy and relatively new. Individual performance is not recognized or rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Leave day to day operations to a new leader. CEO should focus solely on new business. CEO should learn to express himself intelligently without continuous cursing or non informative bragging. His ambition and management style has all but destroyed any remaining goodwill at the agency.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning horrible!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Translation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Definitely the people who work here. Extremely dedicated to the cause. Lots of genuine, cool colleagues who are very passionate about their craft.

    Cons

    Everything else...

    Executive team is a mess - no vision , goals or strategy for the future. No one knows what is going on, and they really don't seem to care; they actually like it that way - the chaos is good I suppose. It's an "Every man for himself" environment, with heavy emphasis on man (think good old boys club).

    Exec's are unapproachable and down right snarky and nasty at times. Mid-level managers are too afraid to advocate for employees, so they are seen as ineffective and incompetent.

    Work environment is toxic, with a culture of fear (no one EVER speaks out about ANYTHING!) It's as if they're afraid a shark is going to attack them if they do.

    Lots of turnover -- I mean A LOT! Burnout is normal and recognition for amazing work is given only to the favs.

    Salaries are okay, but if you think you're going to get a raise or bonus, do not hold your breath.

    Offices are drab and uninspiring as is the work at times.

    You will never see Steve (or as he and everyone else refers to him as, Stoute), so don't think you will unless you are a fanboy, and then you may get some face time with his highness. And if/when you do, don't forget to mention you read his book, which every new employee receives on their first day -- can we say cultish?? Who does that? His ego is as big as the Grand Canyon, and no one is sure why.

    You were hot in the 90's - not so much now, so get over yourself.

    Advice to Management

    If they would actually listen, which they won't -- take a look in the mirror and ask your selves if you're happy with the people you've become. People are unhappy and leaving because of you.

    This is business, nothing is personal, so act accordingly.

    Speak less and listen more.

    Leadership is not a noun or about titles --- I suggest you take some pointers from some real leaders.


  7. "Amazing clients, incredible talent, lacking leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steve is able to find some amazing clients to work with and the type of work you do will vary consistently. Very interesting business model; and does not act like a typical ad agency. In a positive way.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Little work life balance or the desire for their employees to have one. Steve can get in the way of great creative. He should trust his people more and do what he does best; find opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair your employees. Communicate with direction and consistency. There is no need to yell at anyone; we're all professionals. Be one too.

  8. "Content Creator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Translation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced work, great accounts to work on.

    Cons

    Lack of proper leadership for all lower-level employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love to be busy and have no family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the kind of place where you can jump in and learn so much about advertising because the environment is crazy and there is always something to do. In that sense, it's a great "bootcamp" and I felt like I had a lot of mentors when I was there.

    Cons

    Because the environment is so crazy, the hours are totally unpredictable, and tough to have much of a life outside of the office. I would say that feeling is present in all departments.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like the turnover is unusually high compared to other agencies in NYC.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too many Creative Directors, not enough creation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Translation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people. The people at Translation, at least the ones you'd work with directly, grew to become friends. Everyone was in tune with the culture, and when able to, translated that (no pun intended) into their positions there.

    Cons

    No one knew what was going on. The higher ups have zero clue what's going on on the ground floor. They'd preach to you about being easy to talk to, and to approach them with ideas, but they'd look at you as if you were pond scum if you really did talk to them. You can tell they respected and paid attention to specific accounts (and people) more than others. You know it's sad when the CEO is more likely to talk to you and check on you than the creative directors did. Sucks to put so much into the company that doesn't acknowledge your existence.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every account the same, and practice what you preach on a daily basis, not just during a 10:45 meeting.


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